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The Physical Damage From Addiction Can Be Deadly

A person can experience difficult and even deadly physical effects from their substance use disorder. These can start soon after drug usage begins, and typically become more of a risk as the person increases the amount of drugs they take and the length of time they take them.

Side effects from drug addiction can include:

  • Changes in blood pressure

  • Headaches

  • Elevated or decreased heart rates

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Constipation and diarrhea

  • Difficulty thinking

  • Shaking

  • Hallucinations

  • Paranoia

  • Losing consciousness

  • Damage to organs, including the heart, liver, and lungs